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Odisha CEO has shortlisted names of six celebrities under the Systematic Voters’ Education

Bhubaneswar:12/3/19: Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar has shortlisted names of six celebrities of the state under the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) for spreading awareness among voters for the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

The shortlisted personalities to be appointed as ‘State Icons’ are sprinter Dutee Chand, para athlete Jayanti Behera, para shuttler Pramod Bhagat, singer Rituraj Mohanty and cine artistes Sivani Sangita and Swaraj.

Kumar has sent the list to the Election Commission of India for approval. The ‘State Icons’ will be involved in awareness programmes to encourage young and new voters to exercise their franchise in the elections.

The Election Commission has also formed SVEEP committees at district levels as well as at 2,908 schools and 665 colleges across the state. It has also set up 21,365 ‘Chunav Pathshalas’ to educate people about functioning of VVPATs and EVMs.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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